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Christian and Quine top poll in Douglas South by-election

Claire Christian and Paul Quine

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Local businesswoman Claire Christian stormed to victory in the Douglas South by-election, topping the poll by more than 400 votes.

Former pilot Paul Quine was also elected in a closely fought race for second, which saw Liberal Vannin's Michael Josem lose out by just six votes.

The result was declared late last night at Scoill Valllajeelt, after a recount was requested by candidates.

Returning officer James Quinn oversaw the process, which saw counters sifting through votes and ballot boxes for more than three hours.

1789 votes were cast, with a turnout of 37%, down from the 40% turnout at the 2016 General Election.

There were 4,759 people registered to vote.

The by-election was held following the passing of Bill Malarkey in February and the resignation of former Liberal Vannin leader Kate Costain.

Christian and Quine will now serve in the House of Keys for 12 months, until next year’s general election in September 2021.

Claire Christian says she's delighted to be chosen by the people of Douglas South:

Paul Quine says he's pleased to get over the line, and paid tribute to his closest rival in the contest:

The result in order of votes was as follows:


Claire Christian - 930

Paul Quine - 469

Michael Josem of Liberal Vannin - 463

Andrew Jessopp of the Isle of Man Green Party - 342

Pamela Birnie-Malarkey - 337

Anthony Allen - 264

David Fowler - 139

Kevin Oliphant-Smith - 132

Ian James-Clanton - 115

Lon Pinkerton - 84

You can listen to the full broadcast of the result and subsequent interviews below:

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